Sore nipples are unfortunately a very common experience in the early days and weeks of breastfeeding. What is even more unfortunate is that many women believe it is something that they just have to live with and that it will go away on its own at some point. Sore nipples may be common, but should be taken as a warning sign that something is not going right. Breastfeeding is not supposed to hurt! Most often, nipple pain and soreness can be alleviated with improved positioning of the baby for latching.
Many parents of young babies notice that there are times of day when their babies seem to want to nurse very frequently or almost constantly. Often this coincides with a period of fussiness, and often this occurs in the late afternoon and evening, just when other family members are getting home from their day and mom may be trying to get dinner prepared.
Many mothers find themselves exhausted and questioning whether they have enough milk, whether their babies are sensitive to something in their diets, and how they will survive this frustrating period.
IV fluids are a common intervention during the birth process for many mothers. IVs are likely to be given during inductions, long labors, with epidurals, and with cesarean births. An unexpected side effect of IV fluids has recently made headlines and may soon come to affect how we view newborn weight loss.
Over the years I have been supporting breastfeeding mothers, I have been asked many times about milk donation, milk banks and informal milk sharing. Milk Banks are licensed, regulated non-profit organizations that collect, pasteurize and distribute human milk donations to hospital inpatient as well as outpatient recipients. Informal milk sharing is done via many different social networks including on facebook and dedicated online milk sharing networks.
The early days and weeks breastfeeding a newborn are challenging in many ways. Especially for first time mothers, breastfeeding is a completely new experience and can feel very awkward. Add to that all the hormonal changes her body is going through to recover from birth and prepare for breastfeeding, and a baby who needs to be fed every few hours, including at night, and many new parents find themselves exhausted and wondering if they are doing this right.